By Lesley Kagen
This may be Lesley Kagen’s most important novel. It is based on a true story, her own story.
I am a longtime fan of Lesley Kagen and all of her books. I am not a horse-person, because my life never offered the opportunity. However, I learned much from this very well written book.
In this special novel, Lesley takes us into the world of horses. She writes not only about caring for horses and riding them. She also delves into horse training, and the arena of showing and competing. Lesley further explores and exposes the effects of this upon the people involved, and their relationships.
Annie, the main character, deals with her own lifelong issues of anxiety and struggles with depression. As a mother, she tries to protect her daughter, Teddy, from the pains of the world, including the arena of show horses. Teddy is determined to follow in her mother’s footsteps. The story of Annie, Teddy, and their relationship is beautifully told. The layered story of the world of competitive horse showing was fascinating and very real.
This is a most brave and beautiful novel. I highly recommend Lesley’s Mare’s Nest, as I do all of her novels. She is wonderful.